I have been using Linux since around 2003 / 2004. I started with Fedora Linux, and it’s still my favorite! I’ve only recently installed Ubuntu and openSuSE on two other machines and can say they’re actually pretty good. I also have Linux Mint on a laptop and it’s PERFECT as an OS.
So to start off, I discovered Linux when I was suffering with the SEVENTH re-install of Windows XP on my machine. I was fed up and started looking for alternatives. Apple products were just ridiculously expensive, (for no apparent reason if you ask me!) and I wasn’t going to do Windows again, so I started looking into alternative computer operating systems. I stumbled upon DistroWatch and was intrigued with the sheer number of OS’es out there! I decided to try Fedora, which in hindsight might not have been the best one to “start off” with, but it taught me a LOT about the mistakes and errors people can sometimes make when installing or configuring Linux that for sure! (I had to scrap the current installation and do it all over again about 4 times!) but once I got the basics and fundamentals down, well now I can at least say that even though I’m not a SysAdmin…i can hold my own when using…installing or configuring Linux. (Can you believe I’ve been using it this long and I STILL can’t write a “cron” job to start the updates on my Linux Mint machine!..). But to move on, I think one of the reasons why Linux is a faster OS is because it doesn’t require a lot of resources to perform some of its tasks. I mean if you’re using it for Hi-definition photo and video editing, and you only have 4GB of RAM, you might notice it’s not that fast, but for everyday “general” computer usage? that setup would be fine, even if you were using a P4. My Mum has a Dell Inspiron Laptop from around 2011, its got 4GB of RAM, a 320GB HDD and an Intel i-3 processor, its running the Linux Mint distro with the MATE desktop and its fast, and doesn’t ever get bogged down with slowness, even when she’s in the midst of writing up a recipe using LibreOffice, listening to streaming jazz and gospel, and checking her emails periodically. Trying to do these same tasks on the same machine with Windows? there’s a definite noticeable performance decrease. How do I know?..because this machine originally came with Windows 7 and it because sluggish, bogged down with pop ups…even though she had McAfee AV on there, and Ad-Aware. After I saved all of her stuff and installed Linux Mint on there, she’s not had a complaint since then and we’re going on almost four year now~! I imagine that when that HDD gives out I’ll just buy her a 1TB one …install Linux Mint on it and let it go for another four years!